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Read Freud's "Dora", But Keep Your Sense of Humor


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Dick, Jane and Spot, this is not!

If the Freud Institute were smart, they'd put an embossed cover on “DORA", a short story about one of Freud's patients, and America would be reading. . . Freud. Since everything already goes, Freud would be bored and looking for work today, perhaps in H-wood as a re-write man.

His late-19th century “DORA", a racy daytime soap with a German accent, is just waiting to be made-for-TV. Attention: Hollywood!

1. Whatever else you can say about him, Freud's timing was faultless. Fin-de-siecle Vienna was a wealthy world with enough knowledge of medicine to permit a certain amount of ill health, and the time and money to indulge it. Some doctors did not not take women's pains seriously (iimagine that), but at least, Freud had a ball writing about his patients, for example, Dora.

In that world, upper-class women were prisoners in gilded cages, with finite possibilities for work or education-what would you do? Results show the Sacher Hotel did a brisk business in Sachertorte, “mit Schlag", as ladies lunched and whiled away the hours, with their poodles in tow. Some similarities to today, however, we do know about the word “calorie". Enter Freud.

2. He has a field day under-, over-, diagonally-analyzing poor Dora, while, naturally, he remains above the fray, motivated by only the highest medical/scientific principles. By the time Freud is through, Dora is part of a connect-the-dots picture gone beserk. He manages to fit in every possible neuroses in the Lexicon and makes up some new ones, of course.

3. Dora is the smart one. After three months, she cuts her losses. Too bad for Freud, now he can't finish his spicy story, and it would have made such a great miniseries. Oh, boo-hoo.

Freud notes briefly that, Dora later married, and, we hope, had a normal life. She was too busy walking her poodle tor return to you-know-who for a sequel. The book you want to read now is Dora on “FREUD". Now that's box office.

Freud is the mystery in this one. At one point, he even hints that, of course, he has the solution to her problems, but why spoil everything and end this wild tale.

Still “Superbaby", if only Mom could see me now!

J. S. Staffier, M. L. S. , M. F. A. , is an artist and art teacher in Boston. “DRAW WITH JANE", her DVD, has 6 1/2 hr. lessons; her sunwashed watercolors of Boston, Fenway Park, etc. , “CASEY THE BEACON HILL CAT" childrens books, are to order on her site:


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